Anthony Robert Regnier says when he ran to the gate of his home after hearing a man with a dog yelling at him, he didn’t know it was a canine officer calling for him to stop.
As he unlatched his gate, he felt a dog pounce on him, knock him into his yard and bite both his legs, he told a provincial court judge on Thursday.
“What did I do to deserve this?” Regnier said during the continuation of his trial.
He testified that he did not order his three dogs — one purebred pit bull and two mixed-breed pit bulls — to attack the officer and his dog. The dogs must have been let out of his garage and attacked out of an instinct to protect their owner, he said, adding the animals could have escaped if one of his friends opened the garage door to see what was going on.
Regnier, 54, is charged with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon. The weapon in this case was his animals, one of which had been designated a “dangerous dog,” Crown prosecutor Cory Bliss told court.
When the trial began in April, court heard police initiated a dog track on Aug. 2, 2015 after a stolen SUV they were chasing crashed at the intersection of Avenue C South and 19th Street.
The canine officer, Const. Edward Panamaroff, testified his dog, Kato, picked up a scent in an alley backing Avenue C. It led them to 17th Street and Avenue G South, where Panamaroff said he saw two people matching the description of the suspects.
He said he told them…